Cuffs & Collars

Cuffs and Collars – January 20th, 2012

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• On the last night of the 2011 deer gun season, Fayette County Wildlife Officer John Coffman received a complaint about two individuals hunting without wearing hunter orange. When Coffman arrived at the location, he found the suspects’ vehicle and observed camouflage hunter orange, sawed off antlers and boxes of shotgun slugs. The suspects were…

Cuffs and Collars – Jaunary 20th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake Bronson and Lake of the Woods. Fishing success appears to have slowed down after the cold front. Trapping activity was checked in the Lost River State Forest.CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) checked angling activity on Lake of the Woods. Ice conditions continue to improve but anglers need to use…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 2

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked spearing and angling activity on Lake of the Woods and Lake Bronson. Area coyote hunters were checked.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) worked with CO Gorecki on a TIP complaint that resulted in charges for an overlimit of walleyes and sauger and fishing without a license.CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) checked ice…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1

District 10 – Wautoma areaWarden Ted Dremel, of Waupaca, participated in a group check in Green Lake County to address complaints about illegal night hunting. He also responded to several trapping-related complaints and spent a significant amount of time on deer gun enforcement.Warden Dave Algrem, of Wautoma, contacted a bowhunter after Algrem found bait near the subject’s ground blind. Algrem…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1

Northern District HighlightsTeaching them young(Lewis County)On Sept. 12, ECO John Murphy was contacted by a state trooper concerning a possible deerjacking on Kirch Road in the town of New Bremen. He had received a phone call from a concerned citizen who had heard that “some kids at school” were bragging about shooting a deer. This person had names of the…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1

Region IA District 1 CPO was informed by an Illinois State Police trooper of a truck illegally parked along the interstate with a gun case in the cab of the truck. The CPO checked the rugged timber and was unable to locate the hunter that day. The truck was tagged by ISP as illegally parked and when the CPO returned…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) reports anglers were checked on the Roseau River with small pike being caught northwest of Roseau.CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) reports a complaint of garbage dumping in the state forest was investigated.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) notes that a large ice crack is still affecting a large part of Lake of the Woods. Anglers…

Michigan Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1

DISTRICT 1 CO Mark Leadman contacted a hunter coming out of the woods with his muzzleloader. When asked to produce a hunting license, the man handed over his wife's license. He stated he must have accidentally left his license at home. CO Leadman called the subject's residence and was informed by the wife that her husband had shot a buck…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1

NORTHWEST REGION• Erie County WCO Darin L. Clark investigated numerous reports of deer carcasses dumped along roads. “Most deer show signs of being lawfully tagged and were just dumped to get rid of the inedible parts,” he said.• Jefferson County WCO Roger A. Hartless reports that, for the most part, rifle deer hunters followed the new WMU 2F restriction that…

OH: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 1

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• Wildlife Officer Supervisor Curtis Smith and Wildlife Officer Dirk Cochran, assigned to Morrow County, were patrolling Knox County, checking hunters during the early migratory bird season. The officers located a group of hunters that were hunting for Canada geese. During the course of the morning, the hunters shot at several groups of geese that…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 52

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) reports that ice on western Lake of the Woods is not safe. Multiple cracks have reopened, with strips of open water limiting access. There have been numerous reports of all types of motorized vehicles breaking through the ice.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) continued to monitor ice-angling activity and last-season archery hunters….

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 26

Editor’s note: Field reports from conservation wardens in northern Wisconsin, District 1 through District 9 usually appear in the first issue of each month, with the reports for districts 10 through 19 in southern Wisconsin appearing in the second issue of each month. The heavy workload for conservation wardens during the month of November and the five Fridays of December…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 26

DISTRICT 1CO Marvin Gerlach and Sgt. Pete Wright observed a slow-rolling vehicle in Menominee County, and followed it until the driver reached his hunting location. When contacted, the driver had a loaded/uncased rifle in the vehicle, and sitting next to the rifle was his 6-year-old grandson. A ticket was issued.CO Denny Gast and Sgt. Steven Burton broke in the new…

PA: Cuffs and Collars issue: 26

NORTHWEST REGION• Butler County WCO Randy W. Pilarcik and deputies, on the opening day of deer season, apprehended several individuals hunting over bait in four locations. “One man had his 12-year-old son with him and stated that he wanted to teach his son how to hunt,” he said. Charges are pending on the father and the other hunters using the…

OH: Cuffs and Collars issue: 26

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1• During the 2010 deer gun season, Fairfield County Wildlife Officer Tony Zerkle contacted a group of hunters. During the contact, one of the hunters had a permit that was filled out and the information erased. During questioning, the suspect stated that he was going to tag his friends’ deer, but they decided he should…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 50

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) continued monitoring trapping, as well as deer- and elk-hunting activity. Assistance was given to local law enforcement.CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) attended training in Thief River Falls and assisted the DNR Wildlife Division with fur registration. Trapping and litter complaints were investigated.CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked ice anglers and ATV activity. Ice conditions…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 25

District 1 – Ashland areaNo report available.District 2 – Cumberland areaNo report available.District 3 – Park Falls areaOn opening morning of the 2011 gun deer season, warden Michels, of Park Falls, was en route to a call in the Chequamegon National Forest. Michels rounded a bend in the road and was shocked to a see a hunter using a climber…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 25

Region IA CPO received a call at home after his shift ended. The caller (an elderly female) was upset because of goose hunters hunting in her corn field without permission. The CPO went back on duty and made contact with the two Port Byron hunters. There was no doubt they were in fact hunting geese. The subjects were asked if…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 25

NORTHWEST REGIONCrawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports that a recent deer poaching case in which four charges were filed on the individual has resulted in guilty pleas on all counts, including taking deer out of season, and loaded firearms in a vehicle. Fines exceeded $1,600 and a license revocation for three years.Lawrence/Butler Counties LMGS Jeffery T. Kendall said the…

WI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 24

District 2 – Cumberland areaWardens Jesse Ashton, of Luck, and Phil Dorn, of Cumberland, investigated a shining and shooting case. They observed a vehicle headlighting deer in a field after 10 p.m. and conducted a stop of the vehicle. The subject did not immediately stop and, upon contact, the wardens located a .22 rifle in the front seat that was…

NY: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 24

Northern District HighlightsMaybe crime doesn’t pay(Wayne County)After receiving a call from New York State Police for assistance on an investigation involving the illegal disposal of waste tires, ECO John Stansfield arrested two subjects for dumping approximately 140 tires in two different locations in the Town of Sodus. Each was given appearance tickets for unlawful disposal of solid waste and transporting…

IL: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 24

Region IA CPO received a complaint from the Springfield DNR office regarding a Boone County citizen who had purchased a live woodchuck in Iowa and brought it into Illinois without procuring a furbearer possession permit. Once the complaint was validated, it was learned that the man had already released the woodchuck on his property. Enforcement action was taken.A CPO was…

MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 47

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) checked deer hunters and investigated complaints. Enforcement action was taken for big-game and WMA violations.CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) responded to complaints about dogs chasing deer, trespass, and shooting from the road.CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) investigated complaints about ATVers operating during closed hours, late shooting, transporting loaded firearms in a motor…

MI: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 24

DISTRICT 1CO Matthew Eberly checked a hunter who was sitting in a deer blind with a .22-caliber rifle. The blind was baited, and the subject claimed he was shooting squirrels that were stealing his bait. He had neither a small-game nor deer license, so he was ticketed for hunting squirrels without a license.COs Dave Painter and Jason Wicklund responded to…

PA: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 24

NORTHWEST REGIONCrawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak recently apprehended two individuals poaching deer at night. “The defendants are both Ohio residents who stated, ‘We hunt hard legally in Ohio and cannot get anything, so we came here to take an easy one,’” he said. Charges are pending.Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak, in the last several weeks, made apprehensions in…

MN: Cuffs and Collars: Issue: 46

District 1 – Baudette areaCO Ben Huener (Roseau) continued checking deer hunters in Roseau, Kittson, and Marshall counties. Enforcement action was taken on two hunters for hunting over bait and for transporting loaded firearms.CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent the week working the firearms deer season in the Warroad area. A non-game violation was turned over to the Roseau County Sheriff’s…